Submerging Church [Ekklesia Project Guest Post by Lee Wyatt]

Unterwasser

[ On July 5-7, The Ekklesia Project will hold its annual gathering in Chicago, which will be on the theme of Slow Church.  Between now and July, we will be running a series of lguest reflections here by folks connected with the E.P. We've asked guest posters to reflect on the meaning of Slow Church from their own local contexts. More info on the E.P. gathering.  ] Today's reflection, the first in the series, is by Lee Wyatt.Though we live (or have lived) in the age of the Emerging/Emergent Church, I have a different proposal for a new vision of church. I call it the Submerging Church! Am I … [Read more...]

Wendell Berry on the Necessity of Limits.

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I'm settling in with friends old and new at the Convent in Cincinnati for a writers' retreat this week.  I'm hoping to make some much-needed progress on the chapters of the Slow Church book that I'm writing.I have taken the opportunity this weekend before and on my way to the retreat to read some of what Wendell Berry has said about the necessity of limits.  I've been meaning to do so for awhile, but this weekend I stumbled upon this fabulous essay that Berry wrote in 2008 for Harpers Magazine -- Faustian Economics: Hell Hath No Limits.  This is a short essay and well worth re … [Read more...]

Peace to You on Christmas Eve!

Okay, so it's becoming obvious to me that the last Advent reflection isn't going to happen today.  We're on vacation and too much other good stuff going on... The lectionary text for today is James 1 and has some important to say about Slow Church and the birth of Jesus, so I'll probably write today's reflection up next week... (How's that for Slow?  ;-)I will be posting highlights from the Advent series on to our Twitter and Facebook pages today, so be sure to check those out...Merry Christmas to you and yours!!! … [Read more...]

[Daily Advent Reflection] Setting our Course Toward Bethlehem.

View of Bethlehem

Setting our Course Toward Bethlehem. Daily Advent Reflection. Kyle Mobley. Romans 13:11-14. Friday, December 23, 2011. It might not be The prettiest thing that you'll ever see But it's a new day, oh baby it's a new day And it might not look like A beautiful sunrise But it's a new day, oh baby, it's a new day. -- Robbie Seay Band, "New Day" Listen: [ YouTube ] These daily Slow Church Advent Reflections are based on the Daily Readings of the Revised Common Lectionary (Year B). We love for you to read and reflect along with us! To keep up with this daily Advent … [Read more...]

[ Daily Advent Reflection ] The Gospel According to Zephaniah (and Tom Waits)

Train

The Gospel According to Zephaniah (and Tom Waits) Daily Advent Reflection. Debra Dean Murphy. Zephaniah 3:8-13. Thursday, December 22, 2011“On that day you shall not be put to shame because of all the deeds by which you have           rebelled against me” - Zeph. 3:11“There’s no eye for an eye, there’s no tooth for a tooth. I saw Judas Iscariot carrying John Wilkes Booth.” - Tom Waits, “Down There by the Train” Listen: [ Youtube ] [ Spotify ] These daily Slow Church Advent Reflections are based on the Daily Readings of the Revised Common Lectionary (Year B). We lov … [Read more...]

[Daily Advent Reflection] The Theme Song of Slow Church?

Pregnant-Mary

The Theme Song of Slow Church? Daily Advent Reflection. Chris Smith. Luke 1:46b-55. Tuesday, December 20, 2011The Magnificat - Arvo Pärt Listen:  [ YouTube ] [ Spotify ]Magnificat - The Psalters Listen: [ YouTube ]   These daily Slow Church Advent Reflections are based on the Daily Readings of the Revised Common Lectionary (Year B). We love for you to read and reflect along with us! To keep up with this daily Advent series, follow SlowChurch.com on FACEBOOK or TWITTER. One of the lectionary texts for today (as well as both yesterday a … [Read more...]

[Daily Advent Reflection] Claiming a People and a Place.

Bethlehem

Claiming a People and a Place. Daily Advent Reflection. Craig Goodwin. John 7:40-52. Saturday, December 17, 2011Lo! How a rose e're blooming From tender stem hath sprung Of Jesse's lineage coming As those of old have sungIt came, a flowerth bright Amid the cold of winter When half-spent was the night- "Lo! How A Rose E'er Blooming"  Lo How A Rose E’er Blooming by Sufjan StevensThese daily Slow Church Advent Reflections are based on the Daily Readings of the Revised Common Lectionary (Year B). We love for you to read and reflect along w … [Read more...]


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